“We found many archaeological sites; many animal fossils, but one thing was always missing – ancient human fossils,” said Dr Huw Groucutt, an archaeologist at the University of Oxford who directed the field work that led to the discovery.
That all changed with the discovery of the Al Wusta finger bone.
Jones, American Charles Bayar, and Canadian David Soni, all employees of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), were taken from hospital and arrested by Saudi authorities.
During detention, Jones was subjected to torture to extract a 'confession' before being released without charge after 67 days.
It contradicts received wisdom concerning the history of humanity, suggesting instead that people were spreading far and wide 30,000 years earlier than previously thought.
The discovery is “a dream come true” for Professor Michael Petraglia, an archaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, who led the project that found the bone.
The bomb was placed underneath his vehicle and detonated as it approached a traffic signal.